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What Jurgen Klopp loved about Salah v Leicester that wasn't in his scouting footage

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate that Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for just £35 million?

There was justified skepticism when Salah put pen to paper on a return to the Premier League after his whimsical spell at Chelsea, but the Egyptian has taken just four months to obliterate any slither of doubt.

Salah has already scored 22 goals and provided six assists since moving to Anfield and many are considering him one of the Reds' greatest ever signings.

It can only be hoped that Salah starts 2018 the way he finished 2017.

Liverpool consolidated their standing in the top four with a hard-fought win over Leicester City on Saturday, despite falling to a Jamie Vardy strike just two minutes into the clash.

You-know-who turned the game around, though. Latching onto an outrageous back heel from Sadio Mane, Salah drew the game level after the break with brilliant footwork in the penalty area and a deadly finish.

The 25-year-old then bagged the three points for Jurgen Klopp with a lethal strike at Kasper Schmeichel's near post.

For all his mercurial showings this season, on few occasions has Salah's importance been so apparent and it certainly didn't go unnoticed. Unsurprisingly, Klopp had some brilliant praise for his star man after the clash and even spotted something about Salah that he hadn't seen before.

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Speaking ahead of the trip to Burnley, Klopp explained: "The record is remarkable and the goals themselves are remarkable as well.

"I'd like to show you all the scouting footage we had from the games we saw. The second goal against Leicester – a goal like this was not involved. He is so physically strong.

"That second goal shows what confidence does. That is how a good moment feels.

"Strikers in a good moment know when they miss one chance that there will be another chance."

Too true, Jurgen and it raises an important point regarding the Salah that flopped at Chelsea and the Salah thriving at Liverpool.

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The Egyptian now has the strength to not only cope better in the Premier League but make it his own, proving more than a match for some of the toughest defenders.

It seems Salah is simply getting better and better; surprising and vindicating Klopp with each moment of brilliance.

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